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How do you remove the dash knobs on a 57' F100

 
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:39 PM
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How do you remove the dash ***** on a 57' F100

I've been lucky enough to be given a truck that my dad drove before he passed in 67’. It has truly been a learning experience of some the unique features he added (59’ Plymouth headlights, A tube grill he handmade and 312 engine) Sadly, the first thing I got stumped on was how to get the dash ***** off Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.
 
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If you look under the dash you'll find a push buttom on the light switch, push it and pull the ****, some may have a set screw on the **** itself at the shaft. I'm not using the originals and it's been awhile since I've removed mine so I'd wait until others that know thier stuff to come along to help you, but a any rate welcome to the club as you'll enjoy it here .
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As mentioned above, the headlight switch has a button on top the switch you need to press while pulling the ****/shaft assemble. The cigar lighter **** has a Phillips screw on the back side. The rest of the ***** are pressed on a notched shaft. The easiest way to removed the pressed on ***** is to crack them with a pair of pliers.
 
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Be advised that once the pressed on ***** are broken off they are trash- there's no putting them back on. My approch was to remove them with the cables or shafts still attached and then determine if they were savagable.After market replacements are out there but often don't match the originals in terms of color shade.
 
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The headlamp switch **** and shaft is a one piece assembly, the **** cannot be removed from the shaft as it is pressed on.

To remove the ****/shaft, disconnect the battery cable FIRST. Pull the **** out as far as it will go, reach under the dash...on the switch is a button, press that in and pull the ****/shaft from the switch.

It is not necessary to push the button to re-install the ****/shaft. Line it up, push it back in.

Since the wiring on these trucks is (usually) old and brittle, messing around under the dash with your mitts could cause a short...or a shock, that's why you dis-connect the battery cable.
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The lighter **** was only furnished with the element. It unscrews from the element so the element can be replaced if defective. Hold the element with one hand, unscrew with the other.

The wiper **** was available separately, is retained to the shaft of the wiper switch by a headless set screw (#8-32) found on the bottom of the ****.

The heater cable(s) ****(s) are the same as the wiper ****.

The choke cable **** was only furnished with the cable.
 
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I forgot about the wiper **** with the set screw. I replaced all my ***** with Dennis Carpenter ***** a few years ago. Unlike the originals, all the press-on replacement ***** had a brass insert on the back. Unfortunately, the ***** wouldn't press onto the barbed rods. To make them fit, I had to drill the brass hole out slightly and used a little epoxy for additional grip once installed.

My 1960, white, reproduction ***** were exact in color and shape with one small exception. The very center had a raised nub, whereas the originals had a concave nub. The color seemed to be a little more ivory than white, but my originals were so sun bleached it was hard to determine if the color is indeed slightly off shade without comparing them to NOS *****.
 
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Thank you! I'm pretty sure there are no set screws, but I'll have my kid double check as my eyes aren't what the use to be. I was hoping to salvage the ***** only because my dad was the prior user. If the are press ons then close will be good enough, since my dad's prior mods has me treating it as retro project.

I know this off topic...Do you have a source for tailgate chains? Seems everyone has them for the stepsides, but not for thee stylesides.

Thanks again,

Brian
 
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Welcome to FTE

From the 1957/63 Ford Truck Parts Catalog:

358812S2 .. Headless Set Screw ~ #8 -32 / Use w/wiper and heater ***** / Obsolete / Fits: 1957/60 F100/1100.
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From the 1957/63 & 1964/72 Ford Truck Parts Catalogs:

2) B7C9944456B .. Tailgate Chain / Right/Left is the same / Obsolete

GRIESEL MOTOR CO. in Okarche OK has ONE = 405-263-7242 / No other Ford dealer, no obsolete parts vendor has any / Dunno if it's reproduced or not.

Fits: 1957/60 Styleside / 1961/65 F100/250 4WD Styleside / 1961/66 F350 Styleside / 1963 F100/250 2WD Styleside (not Uni's) / 1966 F250 4WD Styleside.

All these particular 1961/66 Stylesides use the 1957/60 Styleside beds.
 
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Thanks....Looks like length is the big difference....Meets my good enough for this truck criteria, but there's always the cutoff tool
 
 
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